The year started in January with what has become an annual event now for us, the
Australia / New Zealand Day Parade in London. For the last 2 years it has been a
short march from the statue of Admiral Arthur Phillip behind St. Paul’s Cathedral
to St. Sepulchre without Newgate Church. It doesn’t give us time to play many marches
but it is a good chance to blow away the winter cobwebs, and give the kit a clean
up ready for the new year. As always we can thank our resident scribe for producing
an enlightening account of the event with some interesting historic details to broaden
the mind. You will find the article using the navigation bar above and a collection
of photos at 2012 Gallery
The list of events for the year grows and our first practice session at Warlingham
in January saw the Drum Major putting us through our paces for the the proposed routine
for 2012, I think its going to be a good one
Monthly rehearsals in Warlingham continue to hone our repertoire for 2012, thanks
to all our members who make it along to the Scout Hut. The 27th April saw our second
outing of the year supporting the Army benevolent fund at the evening race meeting
at Plumpton Races, an enjoyable time was had by all, although some members of the
Corps came away a little lighter in the pocket. See our resident scribes report via
the link above.
Our practice day in May was an outing to Clandon House, Clandon Park and the Queens
Royal Surrey Regt Museum. The morning was spent running through our routine for the
Girdlers Hall event in June and polishing up the routine for our afternoons performance
for the visitors to Clandon House. The afternoons performance went well (see video
link via the front page) followed by music round the stands in the gardens.
Friday 8th June saw us in London at the Girdlers Hall making a surprise appearance
at the City Of London Beadles Guild Jubilee Party which was a resounding success.
Sunday 24th June saw us returning to Fleet for the annual Lion Fun Fest day, the
weather clearing for everyone just in time.
Saturday 30th June and the rain cleared and the sun came out for us to entertain
the crowds attending the Annual Armed Forces day event in Worthing West Sussex. Photos,
video and a report via the navigation button.
Thursday 9th July saw us making a return visit on behalf of the Army Benevolent Fund
to the Kent County Cricket Club ground in Canterbury for Ladies Day. Our work experience
Drum Major Peter Nightingale took us through our paces under the beady eye of Geoff
who was pulling the strings from the side lines in the PWRR marquee. Our efforts
were much appreciated and the ABF bucket collection raised £800 for the charity so
it was a job well done.
Sunday 2nd Sept a Corps of 15 travelled to Herne Bay in Kent to join the Herne Bay
Branch of the Royal British Legion in their 90th Anniversary celebrations. The day
was cloudy but warm and we marched the Standards through the town after their church
service back to the Club House and entertained them with a static performance of
the Malta routine during lunch. Drum Major Dave Lear lead the Corps with Geoff again
pulling the strings from the side lines. A good performance from the corps was very
Sunday 30th Sept saw us once again in the Guild Hall Sq for the Pearly Kings Queens
Harvest Festival celebrations. The size of the performance area seems to get smaller
every year and we marched on to Galanthia, then played at the halt The King of the
Fairies, followed by Euterpe, 1914-18 medley and The Londoner which is always a hit
with the Pearlies and Lord Mayors promenading around the Square. We finished off
with The Jigs before marching off to our Sussex Medley with applause ringing in our
ears. When all the May Pole Dancing and Morris Dancing was completed we marched the
assembly down to the church of St Mary Le Bow, otherwise known as Bow Bells. Marches
included, The Adjutant, The Great Escape, Prussian Glory and Killaloe, passing down
Princes’s St and the past the Mansion House reminds us that it will soon be time
to join our colleagues of the Corps of Drums Society for the Lord Mayors Show in
November. Well done to everyone especially Roger Davenport who too the Drum Majors
Staff for the Day.
Sunday 7th October and we were summoned to the South Of England Show Ground at Ardingly
to once again support the the Army Benevolent Fund with their bucket collection at
the Autumn Show & Game Fair. The event was held all over the weekend but we just
made an appearance on the Sunday. The weather held fine and we put on 2 displays
in the arena led by Dave Lear standing in for Geoff Fairfax, and I hear the ABF raised
over£4000 so again a very worth while outing for the Corps. A full report with some
pictures to follow shortly.
The performance year finished with 16 members of the Corps joining with the Corps
of Drums Society to take part in the Lord Mayors Show in London on the 10th November.
Despite the threat of heavy rain we came away with dry uniforms. Geoff & Christine
represented the Society at the presentation by the new Lord Mayor of the Drummers
sword awarded by the Army Director of Infantry.